Huntsman Polyurethanes Implements Globally Harmonized System of Chemical Classification and Labeling New OSHA-Mandated System to Begin Ahead of Schedule in the United States

October 2, 2014


The Woodlands, Texas – Today, Huntsman Corporation’s (NYSE: HUN) Polyurethanes division in the Americas region began implementing the use of Globally Harmonized System (GHS) safety data sheets and labels for products sent to customers, distributors and tollers in the United States.

This implementation complies with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA rule 29 CFR 1910.1200 (2012)) Hazard Communication Standard, which goes into effect on June 1, 2015. As part of the GHS implementation, Huntsman is now using the GHS-mandated safety data sheets and product labels that feature pictograms.

The GHS classification and labeling of chemicals is a worldwide initiative by the United Nations to promote standard criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health, physical and environmental hazards. GHS is designed to deliver consistent criteria for chemical classification and labeling on a global level, including:

  • Defining health, physical and environmental hazards of chemicals;
  • Creating classification processes that use available data on chemicals for comparison with the defined hazard criteria; and
  • Communicating hazard information, as well as protective measures, on labels and safety data sheets (SDS).

“GHS adoption stands to benefit the entire chemical value chain,” said Steve Burns, Vice President, Americas, Huntsman Polyurethanes. “Early implementation of GHS helps ensure that Huntsman associates, customers and distributors and tollers receive the clear and consistent information they need safely handle and work with MDI and polyols products.”

About Huntsman:

Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals with 2013 revenues of approximately $13 billion including the acquisition of Rockwood’s performance additives and TiO2 businesses. Our chemical products number in the thousands and are sold worldwide to manufacturers serving a broad and diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets. We operate more than 100 manufacturing and R&D facilities in more than 30 countries and employ approximately 15,000 associates within our 5 distinct business divisions. For more information about Huntsman, please visit the company's website at

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